FES | Federación Española de Sociología

XII Congreso de la FES

Urban Political Squatting From the Perspective of Protest Cycles and Socio-Spatial Structures

GT 20 Movimientos Sociales, Acción Colectiva y Cambio Social

Autor/a
Miguel Angel Martínez López (IBF (Institute for Housing and Urban Research), University)

Programa:

Sesión de comunicaciones orales Franja 2 : MOVIMIENTOS URBANOS, DINÁMICAS ESPACIALES Y TERRITORIALIDAD EN LA ACCIÓN COLECTIVA I
Responsable(s): Adriana Razquin Mangado (Universidad de Cádiz)
Tipo de sesión: Sesión de comunicaciones orales
Día: jueves, 30 de junio de 2016
Hora: 16:00 a 18:00
Lugar: 101

There is a growing interest in the issue of squatting vacant buildings due to the economic crisis and the reactions to foreclosures. Up to date most research focuses on the squatters’ agency and the legal conflicts associated to trespassing. However, a joint analysis of political, historical, urban and social dimensions of squatting is still missing. In this paper I adopt the perspective of protest cycles and socio-spatial structures to illuminate how urban political squatting evolves according to specific contexts. The empirical evidence that supports this approach stems from the city of Madrid. I examine all the cases of squatted “social centres” from 1977 to 2016 in the light of the significant contexts that help interpreting their urban and political impact. In particular, I argue that not only speculative processes and housing shortages determined their development but, above all, the squatters’ interactions with local authorities, mass media and other social movements in each cycle.

Palabras clave: Squatting, Protest Cycles, Socio-Spatial Structures, Madrid